31 Best Pink Hair Color Ideas (Pastels to Dusty Rose) Trending Right Now

Pink hair is what every millennial girl craves for nowadays, and this bubblegum color won’t be going anywhere off the trend list anytime soon! One important thing you need to consider is the shade of your skin. Tan to dark skins are the luckiest because any shade of this dreamy color looks amazing on them. Those who have lighter complexions tend to look most stunning with bright or pastel shades.

You’ll want to take note that starting with a dark brunette hair color can have a different outcome compared to starting with a blonde one. The darker your hair is, the more coloring sessions it will take to get to a light pink color. You can play with this funky hue and choose from the vast spectrum of pink that can range from a vibrant and bold neon to a subtle and muted pastel.

Take a peek at this updated list of our favorite pink hair colors, and try this rosy color on your next salon visit!

Two-Toned Pink Hair

Two-Toned Pink
Instagram @making.magiq

Go with this charming color that is at the same time peachy and rosy for a soft flirty finish. The combination is breathtaking and goes pretty on fair skin tones. Your hair colorist will use pink hair dye to achieve this combination.

Unicorn Pink

Unicorn Pink
Instagram @vividhaircreations

This dramatic baby pinky rose on long waves is to die for! This unicorn hair is perfect on warm skin tones!

Pink Bangs

Pink Bangs
Instagram @ashleighmariehair_

Wanna experiment first before going all out pinky rose? This is a cute and subtle way to try out fashion colors and it’s also a creative hairstyle that brightens up your face.

Short Pink Hair

Short Pink Hair
Instagram @halohairphilly

Go a full-on pastel carnation color especially when you have short hair like this one! It’s ideal for neutral to cool skin tones.

Lavender Pink

Lavender Pink
Instagram @fameho0ker

We love this fading ombre finish that starts lilac then washes out adorably to her wavy ends. Using the best hair care products is key to achieving this smooth and shiny hair.

Bubblegum Pink Color

Bubblegum Pink
Instagram @riot.colors

This soft and sweet candy hue solidly painted on pre-lightened hair may require more maintenance if you want to keep this vibrancy. Another option is to let it fade out to a dusty rose version and still get the best of it.

Magenta with Dark Roots

Magenta with Dark Roots
Instagram @hairbydevlyn

Starting with smokey midnight blue roots and ending with plum waves at the bottom, this hairstyle is one for the books! Works great even with short hair above the shoulders.

Pink Mermaid Hair

Pink Mermaid Hair
Instagram @lestatty_

Wanna put an end to your boring dark hair? You can go with this dreamy option right here – a unicorn rosy color to purple ombre on lengthy and layered straight hair.

Dark Pink for Curly Hair

Dark Pink for Curly Hair
Instagram @enigmatic_designs

Get the galaxy on your naturally curly hair by adding pops of delightful purple and coral hues all over! Just make sure to moisturize to keep your locks healthy and strong.

Copper Rose

Copper Rose
Instagram @lindamikaelsdotter

This delectable combination of vibrant rose and mocha complements smoothly waved hair, as it creates a dimensional appearance that gets enhanced beautifully when under the light.

Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade
Instagram @cutxcolor

This refreshing, thirst-quenching color looks perfect for spring and summer – this super soft and light carnation hue is done on medium length hair that ends in peach tips.

Neon Pink

Neon Pink
Instagram @hairbymandypavia

This one is only for those who are willing to commit and confident enough to handle the maintenance of this electrifying color. A total stand-out from the crowd, this hairstyle complements any hair texture and length.

Metallic Rose

Metallic Rose
Instagram @by_annahairstyle

A pastel cotton candy hair like hers can only be achieved if the hair is lightened up properly, so be sure to get the best colorist and hair products. This color looks amazing on smooth textures to beautifully show off that shine.

Hot Pink

Hot Pink
Instagram @oxyjennbeauty

Feel like a mermaid princess with this bright and stunning hue that surely looks good with any skin color! It takes a lot of patience and effort to achieve this solid result, but in the end it’s absolutely worth it.

Lilac Pink

Lilac Pink
Instagram @jeffreyrobert_

This is the demure version of rosy hair that is sought after by millennials right now. It combines metallic and a dusty pink together in one shade, that can only be achieved on pre-bleached hair.

Watermelon Pink

Watermelon Pink
Instagram @marciedidmyhair

If you wanna be cool for the summer, this sweet peachy melon hair is for you. Show off this pretty color with some layers and texture for a dimensional result.

Pink Champagne

Pink Champagne
Instagram @mahasoafr

Transform your hair into alluring fuchsia-colored waves. Don’t worry if you have short hair as this one works for any hair length and type.

Pink Platinum

Pink Platinum
Instagram @sydneyannlopezhair

This enchanting artwork is absolutely doable as long as you have your best and trusted colorist doing it for you and also the right products for upkeep. This soft blanket of pink platinum will drop jaws wherever you go with its superb texture and movement.

Soft Pink Hue

Q&A with style creator, Yasmeen Osman
Colorist @ Bradley and Diegel Salon in Boston, MA

How would you describe this look?

Fashion colors fade out more quickly than other colors, so the right products are essential to helping you maintain your look. Dry shampoo allows you to go longer between washes, keeping your color vivid.

Also, ask your colorist to mix you up a colored conditioner. Using that with every wash will help put back a little of the pigment you’re losing with your washes. To get a vibrant color you’ll need to lift your hair to a fairly light base, which can compromise the integrity of your hair. Making sure you use proper styling products and heat protectants is key to keeping your hair healthy and shiny while you’re rocking your pink hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re thinking about dabbling in the pink but are not yet ready to go all out pink, you can always play with pops of color in your light brown or blonde highlight or balayage. Pink is also a good gateway color if you’ve been considering fashion tones in general. Subtle enough to be worn in an office setting, but still a bold statement.

Pinky Rose Gold

Pinky Rose Gold
Instagram @ks_bellashair

Q&A with style creator, Katlynn Squyres
Hairstylist @ La Bella’s Hair Salon in De Ridder, LA


How would you describe this look?

When I see this photo, I see the confidence and free spirit. With the waves mixed with the color, I picture a beautiful mermaid. Her fresh ends let me know even though we did such a fun color that it remained healthy. Thanks to my favorite color line Goldwell. My beautiful client is a mom to five, so she lives a very busy schedule.

Any advice for someone considering it?

During her consultation, we discussed the upkeep to maintain this look. Use cold water only when she washes her hair and for the shampoo and conditioner, I recommended viral light pink. Use minimum heat. The most important key to rocking this color and style is confidence. To be be”you”tiful.

Rose Quartz

Q&A with style creator, Felicia Jean
Color Specialist in Williamsburg, VA


How would you describe this look?

This look is edgy yet wearable! I ask my clients if they want their color to whisper, talk, or shout?! The blended placement makes it soft and gives it a natural feel while the tone is more spunky and vibrant!

The coolest thing about it is how easygoing it is because it’s blended in at the root with her natural hair. It can grow out for months and continue to look great, with the option of changing it up a bit with the tone. The slight diagonal forward haircut is universally flattering to all face shapes!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Keep in mind that in order to achieve these type of colors, the hair needs to be pre-lightened. A blended balayage is perfect as it keeps it low-maintenance as it continues to grow out. With fashion colors I always recommend as little shampooing as possible (as it fades with each shampoo), using a professional sulfate free shampoo (Pureology is my favorite!), and cool/cold water is best as it keeps the cuticle sealed closed and locks color in. These practices will give you the most longevity for these semi-permanent colors. Embrace the fade! Be bold, and play with layering different tones in as it fades.

Pink Galaxy Hair

Pink Galaxy Hair
Instagram @brittni_perry

Q&A with style creator, Brittni Perry
Junior Stylist @ Roffi Salon and Day Spa in Boston, MA


How would you describe this look?

This look would be considered a fantasy color melt. I l love picking colors that marry together and blend into a beautiful transitional color. The custom mixed pink and purple created a really pretty fuschia and magenta when blending them into one another. I also liked keeping her hair long and adding some movement with long layers to keep that mermaid feel. Styling was blown out with a round brush to give it body and I finished her look off with a little twist to show off her color a little more!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Consider the hair’s starting place and the upkeep! If my client is already mostly blonde and wants to add some rainbow or mermaid colors it is a much easier transition than a client with dark brown or already colored hair.

If you’re willing to try out something fun and new it can usually be done but you may not get that Pinterest perfect pastel on your first visit! I also recommend going a little more vibrant at first even if a pastel is your ultimate goal. These colors are absolutely stunning but they do fade! Making sure you are using color safe shampoo and conditioner, rinsing in cool water and using minimal heat styling are key to keeping them bright and beautiful! It’s 2019 and I think there is a color of the rainbow for everyone! I have fantasy color clients ranging from age 12 to 80 and they all rock their colors in different ways!

Dusty Pink

Dusty Pink
Instagram @styleby.louise

Q&A with style creator, Louise Keyvan
Hairdresser @ Salong Skona Hornan in Malmö, Sweden


How would you describe this look?

Very often you see a dramatic coloring with an even more dramatic cut. The loveliest thing is that the simple and straight cut makes the color speak for itself. The styling is clean which emphasizes a smooth coloring – the perfect dusty pink.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Considering that you often have to bleach the hair, it has to be in a good condition and I always recommend and use Olaplex in all my treatments to protect and make sure that the texture of the hair is preserved.

Use good products such as color preservative shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask and also book a new appointment within 8 to 9 weeks to refresh the O&Ms dusty pink hair color so we can maintain the best results. Finally, I would say that this look is a trendy look that suits everyone regardless of age and style.

Pink Ombre

Pink Ombre
Instagram @jbootybb

Q&A with style creator, Julie Kathryn
Cosmetologist @ Blown 25 in Baltimore, MD


How would you describe this look?

This look is a soft pastel ombré. It comes off to me as very angelic, glowy, and delicate. The loveliest part about this look is the fluid transition between the vibrant pink root and the platinum pink ends. I think the soft, Hollywood-style waves complement the dreamy feel the color gives off and complete the entire look. For women wanting to color their hair pink, this is definitely a good first option.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Pastels are much more involved than most clients would assume. In order to achieve pastels, you must absolutely have the lightest platinum blonde base, to begin with. If you have naturally dark hair, you will have to sit longer for a more costly appointment, or you may have to work your way up to your desired color in multiple appointments. Pink hair dye takes longer to get right with darker hair.

Pastel tones also have a shorter life-span than other vivid tones (about 2-3 weeks maximum), so I always suggest going deeper or more vibrant than the goal color. That way the client will get more out of their color as it fades. I also tell clients that they must be willing to cut down shampooing to once a week only using sulfate-free shampoos (dry shampoo is your best friend), and they must absolutely avoid washing with hot water (the colder the better).

If you’re not willing to give up washing your hair every day, or can’t bear washing with cold water, then vivids (especially pastels) just may not be for you. If a client goes swimming or spends a lot of time outside, I advise them to keep their hair up and out of the water or wear a swim cap. Chlorine, salt water, sun, and heat will strip vivid colors right out (not to mention completely dry your hair out).

If a client heat styles frequently, I advise them to always use a heat protectant, and 350 degrees maximum on hot tools. Luckily, there are a number of colored-conditioner products on the market for clients to take home and refresh their color as they see fit. I like to send home Keracolor Clenditioner, Overtone, Celeb Luxury Bondfix, and Joico Color Butter. They all have a range of colors and each works a little differently compared to the next.

If you’re a blonde looking to switch things up or wants to transition to vivids but you’re a little scared, pastels are an easy gateway to the unicorn life. Pastels are definitely more concealable for the professional crowd, and easier to remove if needed. There is not as much dedication behind pastel tones, but once you start, you’ll be hooked!

Barbie Pink

Q&A with style creator, Cortney Pinion
Hairdresser / Color Specialist / Owner @ Style Haus in Salem, OR


How would you describe this look?

Hannah originally came to me as a color correction 5 months ago, wanting to transition from a brassy blonde weave to a solid platinum blonde. With the help of Olaplex, Schwartzkopf BlondeMe, and my favorite ultra-ash toner from Wella, I was able to accomplish this – plus keeping her hair healthy and strong – in one 5-hour session. At her second (root retouch) appointment two months later, Hannah wanted to add some pastel opal roots to her platinum white, which we did, ultimately leading her to switch her ultra ash-white blonde shade into millennial pink at her most recent appointment.

This cut is a mid-length look without layers. Hannah is in the process of growing out her extra-thick hair and didn’t want layers to get in the way of her progress.

I love to pair a simple hairstyle with a very current or edgy color. The juxtaposition creates a great dynamic – the simple cut makes the color pop, and the bright shade shows off the elegance of a classic cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This isn’t a low maintenance look. Minimal shampooing, shampooing in cold water, and weekly Olaplex treatments are a must in caring for both their color and their hair. They always need to remember that under their amazing color is platinum blonde hair!

I consider pink to be a universally flattering color. It’s stunning on all skin tones/complexions from pale to dark and gives a healthy glow to both warm and cool undertones.

I also recommend using a color-depositing shampoo such as Celeb Luxury’s Viral Shampoo or a color-depositing conditioner like the KeraCleanse line to care for their color (if they happen to have a single shade or a tone-on-tone look). Nobody likes an uneven color fade! This look is great for anyone who is open to experimenting with theirs, and who are able to have a budget available for longer color appointments, frequent touch-ups, and to purchase the home-care regimen needed to care for both fashion colors and pre-lightened hair.

I feel that all ages and all lengths can “pull off” a fashion color look – it’s more about whether the hair is healthy and if the color application is well executed. Just be prepared for a more than a few conversations with strangers prompted by your vibrant hair color! Millennial pink (more intense than a pastel pink but paler than a true or hot pink) is now considered the new blonde, which keeps this color more “under the radar” than other fashion colors. Starting with blonde hair is a must, or with virgin hair that can be lifted to platinum blonde and toned to remove any lingering unwanted undertones – any history of previously colored hair can make achieving this look difficult.

As for the cut, one-length looks are great for those wanting to elongate their face shape or wanting easy styling options (braiding/festival looks/space buns are easier to do at home if the cut has little to no layering). Adding layers creates a softer look and more movement in the hair, perfect for those with rectangular, heart-shaped, or long faces.

It’s also important to style the hair with a nourishing, high gloss product to help tame fly-aways and to highlight the vibrancy of the color. I used Sexy Hair’s Rose Elixir hydrating mist to add both hydration and shine to the finished look.

Dark to Bright Pink Ombre

Dark to Bright Pink Ombre
Instagram @codyaroussel

Q&A with style creator, Cody A. Roussel
Hairstylist @ Graffiti Hair Studio in Prairieville, LA


How would you describe this look?

My client Maddie and I are always trying to change up her look. This hairstyle is bold yet minimal. The loveliest thing about Maddie’s hair is the juxtaposition of the bright neon at her base and how that blends to a baby pink. I think the pastel gives the blunt bob softness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love when my clients embrace color. When you choose to do a fashion shade, it can bring out a personality that you never knew you had. I particularly love pinks and purples because they have a much smoother transition for the client. These shades usually turn into the over-toned blondes and rose golds that have become so popular lately.

It’s crucial that your stylist has a thorough consultation with you to make sure you are on the same page. Most clients will have to be pale blonde to achieve optimal results, and I would never rush the process particularly if a client has darker, already colored treated hair. Hair integrity comes first! Once you are light enough to play with the shades, the sky is the limit! Always remember to come in for routine toning and treatments to ensure your hair is always looking and feeling its best.

Icy Pink Hair

Icy Pink Hair
Instagram @hairicome_

Q&A with style creator, Melissa Howlett
Bridal Hairstylist @ Hairicome Mobile Hairdressing in Gold Coast, QLD


How would you describe this look?

The ponytail hairstyle is very popular, and it can be dressed up or down. It can look super cute and casual or elegant and beautiful!

The greatest thing about this style is the volume in the ponytail and the texture too. I am loving the fullness and texture in her hair at the moment. Hair shaped around the face will give you the perfect waves to frame the face. All shades of pink hair color are so popular now.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You should have enough hair, and if not, you can clip in hair extensions to give you volume and length. Most face shapes suit this look and can be personalized by having bits out around the face, a fringe or all hair pulled back. This is a fun hairstyle perfect for formals, bridesmaids hairstyles, and any special event!

Products used to achieve this look are dry shampoo, hairspray, and texture powder, while the tool used was a large barrel wand to create the waves!

Pastel Pink

Pastel Pink
Instagram @hairbylindal

Q&A with style creator, Linda Lehto
Hairstylist @ VELVET in Helsinki, Finland


How would you describe this look?

This look is great because it’s simple and sharp. It’s a perfect option for anyone who would like to try something colorful, but nothing too bright. It’s also fading beautifully from lighter pastel pink to blonde again. The greatest thing about this look is the soft light pink tone of the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this look, you should get some pigmented shampoo or conditioner to maintain the pink tone.

Smokey Pink Strands

Smokey Pink Strands
Instagram @tracy_ellen_beauty

Peachy locks interspersed with gray-black accents looks almost like what Kim K would wear. Hairstylist Tracy really went hard with the Hollywood vibe!

Cotton Candy Pink

Cotton Candy Pink
Instagram @medusas8beauty

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Salazar
Color Specialist @ Blush Beauty Bar in Modesto, CA


How would you describe this look?

I gave this client an edgy cut and color with an asymmetrical cut and popping color bubblegum pink to fit her bubbly personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Use color safe shampoo and avoid swimming.

Flamingo Pink

Q&A with style creator, Wendy Portillo
Hairstylist & Color Specialist @ The Plaza Salon in Orange, CA


How would you describe this look?

This balayaged pink color is so fun. Fashion tones are one of my favorites. This cherry almond pink was done on long hair with soft layers, using all Aveda color. It is a double process color, which means we had to lighten and tone first, and then apply the pink. The great thing about fashion colors is they can be done on any length of hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For clients wanting their hair pink, please make sure you have a real conversation with your stylist about maintenance and upkeep. If you are not already blonde, it may take you a few sessions in the salon to get to the fashion tone you want. Once you have your fashion color, it may only last 2-3 weeks in your hair. Something to think about if you’re someone who washes their hair every day. This may not be the best choice for you.

I recommend using Aveda’s Color Conserve Shampoo and Conditioner and Shampure Dry Shampoo to help keep the color lasting longer. The less you wash, the longer the color will last. This color is a great fit for anyone looking to have some fun with their color but also for someone willing to keep up with the maintenance, as well as cost.